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Strut Info 2016
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Strut Meetings / Events 2016
21st December 2016 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

The December meeting is the annual Christmas drinks and nibbles combined with the Chairman's Quiz - not sure what fiendish plan Mick has for this years quiz, but if anything like previous years should be 'entertaning' evening...

It's very much a social evening so partners and friends most welcome to come along and join in the fun

16th November 2016 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Guest speaker for the November Meeting will be David Cook, of Shadow fame, who will be coming along to talk and show video/photos about his life in aviation.

A big thank you must go to Strut Member Anthony Preston who suggested and contacted David to arrange this.

19st October 2016 Strut Meeting - visit to NPAS Wattisham

I have been contact by Paul Phillips who, as well was wanting to join the strut, has offered us a visit to the NPAS (National Police Air Service) unit at Wattisham

Paul is a serving police officer with the unit and will be on duty on 19th Oct, so will be on hand to show us around, although there is no guarantee the helicopter will be there, as this will depend on if it is called out on an operation - so fingers crossed for a quiet evening.

This is actually a well timed visit, as the unit will be moving out to join forces with the Essex unit early next spring at Boreham.

We will be met at the main gates of Wattisham airfield by our host, Paul Phillips, at 19:30 to be escorted to the NPAS unit - Therefore if you are coming please DON'T BE LATE

As will be going on the base, it would be ideal if we could have as few a vehicles as possible, so car sharing would be good, although Steve has also offered to take one of his Mini-buses with collection/drop-off at Crowfield Airfield. This will leave Crowfield at 19:00 Sharp....

If you wish to come along could you please let Martyn Steggalls () know by this coming Wednesday evening (12th) so initial numbers and details can be sent to Paul, as Thursday will be his last shift before the 19th. Although this is not a total cut-off date and if needs be others can be added to the list up to the 18th

Please also indicate whether you be using the offer of the minibus (which has 16 passenger seats), or coming by car. If by car please include Make/Model, Colour and Registration.

On the evening you will also need to bring along photo id (e.g. Passport or Driving Licence).

The Wattisham main gates are in Roman Road IP7 7RA

21st September 2016 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Strut member David Keeble has offered to show his collection of historical photos of aviation in East Anglia up to 1950's

As this probably won't take up all the evening, an adjournment to pub may well be in order afterwards.

28th August 2016 Monewden Airfield Open Day

The Strut is supporting Steve and Lisa Eustace with their Monewden Airfield Open Day on the 28th August.

Fly-in from 10am - No Landing fee & Free BBQ

With strut aircarft and invited visitors, we ares expected approx 30 aircarft to fly-in

Local villagers have been invited from 1pm and ATC cadets will be on site during the afternoon

While Steve's crew will be looking after the BBQ, we will still need help with some other tasks.
  • Willing "pushers" to help the marshalling team (Ian & Edward) to man-handle the visiting aircraft on/off parking slots.
  • Escorting small groups of villagers around the parked aircraft
  • There were also planned to have an aircraft on the "public" area, for which we were in need of volunteers to watch over and talk to the visitors about the aircraft and flying in general

17th August 2016 Strut Meeting - Monewden Airfield from 6:30pm

Mick Gill will be bringing along a number of Drones to Monewden Airfield to demonstrate their capabilities and go over the rules an regulations of operating them. There should also be the chance for others to have a go....
13th July 2016

Note :
this is a weeks eariler than the normal meeting date
Strut Meeting - Glenn's Place from 6:30pm

Glenn has offered his place up again this year for a casual get together for chat, drinks, BBQ, swim/Jacuzzi (if you are brave enough), or a game of Croquet...

The Barbecue will be hot, so bring your own meat and don't forget some rolls etc.

Address is;-
Green Farm House
The Green

You can see it on Google Maps, driveway entrance


At the crossroads where the B1078 (Coddenham to Wickham Market) and the B1077 Ipswich to Helmingham meet, take the B1077 North towards Helmingham.

500 yards up you will find the Wildlife Trust on left. About 100 yards further on Right is entrance to drive where (hopefully) there will be a windsock.

Come down drive--plenty room to park

15th June 2016 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

For the June meeting David Styles from PilotAware will be coming along to give a presentation on the PilotAware system -

If anyone has a tablet etc running SkyDemon or similar then these would be good to bring as they can be connected to the PilotAware units and see other units and other aircraft (although by the time of the evening the only other stuff in the air is likely to be commercial)

TUESDAY 7th June 2016

Note :
this is two weeks later than the normal meeting date
Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

May's meeting will be a BBQ at Crowfield, although note this will now be held on TUESDAY 7th June

Food and soft drinks will be provided by the Strut. Serving expected to start at about 7:30pm, but hopefully if the weather is good people may be around earlier for some flying to take place.

Can you please let Tony ( know if you will be attending, so that the right amount of food can organised

Also if you are planning to fly don't forget to book your movement slot with the Airfield office - (01449) 711017

NOTE: Due to the weather his has been postoned to Wednesday 8th June
20th April 2016 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Strut AGM - Please come along and support your strut - As well as the general running of the Strut, it's the time everyone can put forward their ideas for meetings, fly-outs, visits etc for the forthcoming year, plus go over plans for this years Boxted Fly-in.

16th March 2016 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

LAA CEO Steve Slater will be coming along to chat about the Association, listen to comments and answer questions.

17th February 2016 Strut meal and social evening

This will be held on Wednesday 17th February at The Highwayman on the A140 near to Crowfield Airfield.

As in previous years, partners are very welcome and the strut will pay for drinks on arrival.

The cost of the meal this year is £29.95 per head (NB: there is a £2.50 supplement on the Rib-eye steak)

The ground floor of the restaurant has been booked which seats up to 30 people

Please let Tony Turner () know of your intention to attend or not ASAP and send Tony your menu choices by 10th February at the VERY LATEST!

Menu       download menu as a pdf file


All our salads are dressed with homemade dressing, extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • Winter vegetable soup
  • Crayfish & sweet chilli & lime salad
  • Stilton, pear & walnut salad with cranberry dressing
Main Courses

All main courses are served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables
  • Chicken Dnipro–Grilled free-range chicken supreme topped with creamy mushroom sauce and cheese
  • Sirloin Steak, chips, salad, fried onions and mushrooms
  • Rib-eye steak, chips, salad, fried onions and mushrooms (£2.50 supplement)
  • Vegetable gratin with cheese crumble
  • Steak, mushroom & Guinness pie
  • Sticky toffee pudding
  • Vanilla crème Brûlée
  • Cheese and Biscuits Platter
Tea or Coffee

  • All items on the menu are subject to availability.
  • All our Eggs are Free-Range.
  • All our Meat and Poultry is purchased from local farms and suppliers.
  • Some dishes might contain nuts therefore, if you are allergic to any foods please advise us at the time of ordering.
  • We are able to adapt some meals to suit your needs, please ask at time of ordering if it is possible.
  • All our meals are freshly prepared so please allow a little extra time for this.
20th January 2016 Strut Meeting - Crowfield Club House 7:30pm

Following discussion on some of the answers to the questions at last month Quiz, Dave Trouse has volunteered to give an overview on the recent and upcoming changes in air law